Tasmanian Youth Parliamentarians tackle first day of debate in lower house

PARLIAMENT: Former Launceston student Dylan Seckold-Bamford with Tasmanian Youth Parliament convener Caroline De Paoli and Speaker Elise Archer at Hobart's Parliament House. Picture: Michelle Wisbey

PARLIAMENT: Former Launceston student Dylan Seckold-Bamford with Tasmanian Youth Parliament convener Caroline De Paoli and Speaker Elise Archer at Hobart's Parliament House. Picture: Michelle Wisbey

Tasmania’s lower house was once again packed with politicians on Tuesday, but this time, they were the politicians of the future. 

Fifty students in years 10 to 12 have now taken their seats in Hobart’s Parliament House, preparing for a week of rigorous debate. 

Working together, the students, who hail from across the state, have prepared bills on a range of different topics.

Once the legislation has passed, it will then be handed to the state’s politicians to offer insight into the issues that matter to young people. 

Former Launceston student Dylan Seckold-Bamford had the privilege of being elected Premier of the Youth Parliament and said he had already heard some incredible ideas brought to the floor.

“It’s empowering having the chance to put your ideas forward in such an incredible space,” Dylan said. 

Speaker Elise Archer said the issues debated provided valuable information for politicians.

“Even if they don’t end up in [politics], it shows the level of community engagement of these youth parliamentarians,” Ms Archer said. 

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